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Bats Friendly To Indiana's Ecosystem

Last updated on Wednesday, October 3, 2007

(MUNCIE) - You see a lot of bats this time of year—most in the form of scary Halloween decorations. But a Ball State professor says bats are nothing to be afraid of.

Biology Professor Tim Carter is a bat expert, and he says the creatures are about as common as songbirds in Indiana and are actually beneficial to people because they eat thousands of insects every night, including mosquitoes.

Carter believes many people fear bats because they're so different from us--navigating in the pitch black, flying, and eating bugs--that we're afraid because we don't understand.

He says the best thing to do about bats is nothing at all--leave them alone to go about their business as they serve an important role in our ecosystem.

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